Pats sign LB Matt Judon

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Giddy the fuck up! That's fantastic. Big time addition to that defense.
 

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Is that 2 "name" FA in 3 hours? Not bad.

Narratives exploding.
 

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This is no doubt fun, but don't we always make fun of the Jets for getting excited over winning FA?
 

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Top shelf TE? Check.
Top shelf edge rusher? Check.
Top shelf run stuffing DT? Check.
OL help? Check.
Improved draft position? Check.

Good lord Bill.
 

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This is no doubt fin, but don't we always make fun of the Jets for getting excited over winning FA?
The naysayers will say that this is so out of character for BB, it shows how badly he mismanaged things the past two years, and this reeks of desperation.

Which might actually be somewhat true.

But they have the cap space and have talent needs at these positions. So it’s kind of a perfect storm of need + opportunity + availability.
 

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Top shelf TE? Check.
Top shelf edge rusher? Check.
Top shelf run stuffing DT? Check.
OL help? Check.
Improved draft position? Check.

Good lord Bill.
I am just glad we finally got rid of that penny-pinching Nick Caserio! He has been holding Belicick back for years!
 

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Bill didn't love seeing Brady just go to TB and win a super bowl. He's back in the game.

A motivated Bill is a winning Bill. Today is cool, it is much better than March last year.
 

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Bill didn't love seeing Brady just go to TB and win a super bowl. He's back in the game.

A motivated Bill is a winning Bill. Today is cool, it is much better than March last year.
It is almost like Bill knew last year was a bridge year and their cap situation would be a big advantage in 2021. Almost.
 

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I like this one. Only deal I really don't like is the Godchaux deal, which reeks of desperation overpay.
This is a good player on a reasonable salary
 

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I am (Ir)rationally giddy about all of these new threads/additions. Judon and the younger edge guys will be fun to watch.

And now, Jalen, go! (Maybe it’s Gilmore, go?)
 

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It is almost like Bill knew last year was a bridge year and their cap situation would be a big advantage in 2021. Almost.
I think the Pats had a pretty solid season considering the Brady situation and the opt outs. They were a handful of plays away from a 10 win season. And they played with a QB who could run quite well but didn't seem too adroit at completing forward passes.

I really hope Cam can fix his shoulder. This could be a great season coming up.
 

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The naysayers will say that this is so out of character for BB, it shows how badly he mismanaged things the past two years, and this reeks of desperation.

Which might actually be somewhat true.

But they have the cap space and have talent needs at these positions. So it’s kind of a perfect storm of need + opportunity + availability.
Correcting for past mistakes (rather than stubbornly repeating the same thing over and over again) is one of Belichick's greatest strengths. The naysayers would be both right and wrong.
 

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I have to say this one makes me a little nervous--not sure how many times the Ravens have let a guy leave and ultimately regretted it.
 

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It just really sucks that nobody wants to come to NE...
Well that was never the argument actually. It was that nobody would take *less* to come to New England. Trent Brown did, but that wasn't a FA acquisition (though he did take less money, perhaps, to be here). But none of these FAs are turning down bigger contract offers elsewhere to play with NE. The Pats are getting lots of good players....at pretty high prices. We all always knew that players would come here if they're getting PAID.
 

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Well that was never the argument actually. It was that nobody would take *less* to come to New England. Trent Brown did, but that wasn't a FA acquisition (though he did take less money, perhaps, to be here). But none of these FAs are turning down bigger contract offers elsewhere to play with NE. The Pats are getting lots of good players....at pretty high prices. We all always knew that players would come here if they're getting PAID.
But again, name a single premier free agent that took a discount to come to NE in the Brady era.
 

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Rodney Harrison though he was a cap casualty by San Diego. I think he took less to sign with New England.
Was he even wanted? Also that was 18 years ago. Brady wasn’t Brady then. The Pats had only one title. Hard to count that.

Edit Rodney was cut because the Chargers thought he was done. He wasn’t close to a premier FA
 

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Wasn't Rodney in the Raiders building when he got a call from BB telling himont to sign?
 

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Wasn't Rodney in the Raiders building when he got a call from BB telling himont to sign?
Yeah, and BB was the selling point back then, not Brady. There was a recent article about BB's recruiting.
 

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Correcting for past mistakes (rather than stubbornly repeating the same thing over and over again) is one of Belichick's greatest strengths. The naysayers would be both right and wrong.
Yup. The cap space is there because the roster had no talent, but now Bill is aggressively injecting talent into the roster. Which is great and shows he was as aware of the team's deficiencies as anyone else. Not much to complain about today!
 

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Wasn't Rodney in the Raiders building when he got a call from BB telling himont to sign?
I think that's right. There was also a great story. IIRC, of Bill and Pioli taking to him to greasy spoon on route 1 for lunch, both decked out in their sweats. That was the extent of the wine and dine effort.
 

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They have plugged in talent at so many positions of need already, I'm starting to wonder if it's a sign that they're planning to trade up for a QB in the draft.

First, they've already (theoretically) filled a bunch of holes on the roster, possibly making some of the draft picks more expendable. Second, they've spent a lot of money on other roster spots, which makes sense if they're planning to have a good QB the next few years on a rookie deal.
 

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I have to say this one makes me a little nervous--not sure how many times the Ravens have let a guy leave and ultimately regretted it.
Plenty, the most obvious recent one is Za'darius Smith who they let leave for GB and has 26 sacks over the past 2 seasons and has a case as a top 5 defensive player in the league.